Nov. 23: Moors & McCumber

Music at 7:30 pm: Doors at 7:00 pm
922 West Broad St., Falls Church 

Americana stylings made exceptional by the blend of their excellent harmonies and exquisite instrumentation.– Michael L. Phillips Publisher/Editor NewPlains.Com

“Moors and McCumber take the vocal duet thing back to the days of Simon and Garfunkel or Crosby and Nash. Their recordings are great…” James Killen, Houston Music Review

Moors & McCumber, based in Superior, WI and Gold Hill, CO respectfully, discovered that their music is more than the sum of the parts. Embracing a bigger sound than most duos, they switch up instruments on almost every song (playing guitar, mandolin, fiddle, tenor banjo, Irish bouzouki, piano, harmonica, cello, weissenborn, ukulele, and more!), creating catchy melodies that are big, bright and electrifying to watch live!

The new Moors & McCumber release, Against The Grain, weaves fine storytelling with an infectious, melodic mix that reflects many influences; a little blues, some bluegrass, a little smokey hills, and a skosh of celtic. Recorded in Middletown Springs, Vermont, at Southview Arts, the album highlights James Moors’ and Kort McCumber’s instrumental virtuosity. Other than a few guest musicians, the album features all parts played and sung by Moors & McCumber, giving a clear picture of what their live shows are like. Featuring almost all originals, highlights include “Love & War,” “I Used To Run Around,” “Feeling in Your Belly,” and their cover of “Martyr’s Lounge,” paying tribute to one of their songwriting heroes Ellis Paul.

Moors & McCumber are on tour supporting their new album Against The Grain, playing shows across North America and Europe. In addition to performing at theaters, clubs and festivals, the duo also hosts an annual trip to Ireland where fans can hear intimate performances and experience a guided tour of counties Cork, Kerry and Clare.

Nov. 24: Grier, Leslie & Barnett

Doors at 6:30 pm/ Music at 7:30 pm
$15 advance sales/ $20 day of performance
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(Dinner and beverages included!)
1307 Corcoran St. NW, Washington DC

"Progressive acoustic string band music rooted in the bluegrass tradition"

Here to get us in the mood for Thanksgiving are three phenomenal musicians - David Grier on guitar, Dominick Leslie on mandolin, and Michael Barnett on fiddle.  This is a stellar, world-class line-up of musicians which we're lucky to be able to hear.  I don't offer a lot of bluegrass, so when I do I'll make sure it's great stuff. I can't wait to see what their jams will lead to -- it will certainly be fun!  This show will be done in collaboration with Casa Phoenix.

David Grier is considered one of the premier flatpicking guitarists in the world, was named "Guitar Player of the Year" by the International Bluegrass Music Association three times, and has played on two Grammy-winning albums.  He learned his trade at an early age hanging around his dad, who played banjo in the band of Bill Monroe (who essentially created bluegrass.)

Accompanying journeyman musician Grier are two former child prodigies, Dominick Leslie and Michael Barnett. 

Dominick Leslie -- last seen accompanying Phoebe Hunt -- recently won  a Momentum Award for instrumentalist of the year for mandolin by the International Bluegrass Music Association. (These are awards are given to rising musicians.) But that's just the latest award, since he achieved a series of career milestones before he'd reached the age of 16. More recently, he's won considerable attention for his live appearances with banjoist Noam Pikelny, the Infamous Stringdusters, and the Grant Gordy Quartet.

Mike Barnett also began his career as a child fiddle prodigy, touring with bluegrass legend Jesse McReynolds at the tender age of 15. He's also studied at Boston's prestigious Berklee School of Music and excelled as a jazz violinist, while his world-class talents have won him gigs as a member of the David Grisman Quintet and the Tony Trischka Band.